. Woman's Shawl (abochhini). 1850-1900. Silk and mirror (shisha) embroidery on cotton. Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of Winfred Douglas. 1953.29.
length: 78 in, 198.1200 cm; width: 51 in, 129.5400 cm
Textile Art and Fashion
Textile Art and Fashion-Asian
Shawls like this were presented to a bride as part of her trousseau and later worn on public occasions. Specific patterns and techniques are identified with certain regions and ethnic groups. Stylized blossoms and flowering plants are favored motifs in this desert area. Here they are organized into defined areas around an eight-lobed rosette. In the borders, a triangle, an ancient Hindu symbol for a temple is joined point-to-point to form an hourglass shape that alternates with a flowering plant. The small, inset mirrors are characteristic of work from Sindh.
Gifted December 1953 by Rev. Winfred Douglas [Denver, CO, 1867-1944] to Denver Art Museum
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